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    James' Sketchbook. UK A Level Art - AS Year. [LOOK!]

    Hi guys and thanks for clicking on my sketchbook thread!

    Well, a little about me and my ways of life. I'm a genuinely nice out-going guy who loves to meet new people and explore new things. I'm very sporty and attend the gym alot, i've just left my secondary school for 12 weeks (summer holidays) after doing my be GCSE's, i'll be returning to start my A levels in September and of course will taking Art!

    What i've been doing since the day I created this thread. Well, when I made this thread I was right in the middle of my Art GCSE final exam and sketching/painting ALOT! Maybe a bit too much although people say you can never do enough! Since I left school i've kind of neglected my art and turned into a bindge drinking slob! Which is going to change. So yeah, i'm here now getting back into sketching/ink portraits for the time been.

    Comments/Criticism are always welcome and I greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to even have a gander through my work.

    As I said i'm a nice guy always looking to learn and meet new people. I'm never shy of a chat and loving making new friends so if you'd like to chat and get to me know me it'd be great.

    My msn's J.franny@hotmail.com for anyone who's interested!

    Thanks!

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    sorry...

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    Sorry about the above posts, i got a scanner today, heres another pic i did last night from ref

    first is 4b pencil, second is a crappy ink pen that didnt flow smoothly =(

    got some new supplies today along with some sweet coloured pencils

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    It looks like you're off to a good start.

    I do not know what else you may have illustrated, but I may have a few tips for you.

    The first portrait you posted would do well to have some ears. Also, it looks like you tend to draw at a larger scale in the middle of your surface area, which really makes working other drawings in there kind of awkward and difficult. Try drawing a few practice portraits at a smaller scale at the top reading left to right, so you can analyze the face more carefully and reason out your game plan before you draw the portrait at a much larger scale. Its very easy to get lost doing a large illustration, which is why its very important to work on some thumbnail sketches first.

    Other than that, lets see a little more diversity.

    Your rendering skills are impressive, but there is still plenty of other skills to work on.

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    @ odion, i have lots of work at school which ill take pics of in time, im currently working on a portrait rom ref, in coloured pencils, well, i dno yet, maybe pencil, thanks tho for the advice

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    decided to try my new pastels out, ref, www.flickr.com random pics of peoples faces

    30mins

    didnt try to make it my best, just experimenting

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    Another quickie pastel, lim starting to like these, might do a coloured pencil portrait later on tho, tired atm =/

    again im not trying to get loads of detail in, just getting use to the media

    + they make alot of mess lol!

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    nice pencils i got today

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    Hey, Nice work so far, you obviously have a good eye. I like the rendering of your teacher, the upward angle gives him serious authority.

    Draw draw draw, you got potential

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    thanks ead

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    nice stuff! it looks like you've got a good grasp on pastel and pencil technique. keep it up!

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    Thanks ignogmius!

    couple of weeks back

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    ill have a few more pencils up today guys, im right in the mood

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    Nice work, James -- you've got skill, and a lot of potential. It's good to experiment and do finished works like these, but I think you could also benefit from doing a lot of studies, and really learning how things are built. I strongly recommend you check out the Loomis books, and just go through them front to back, doing everything they tell you. Practice rendering simple objects, to get a sense of how to convey form. And do as much life-drawing as you can, even if it's just sketching people on the street.

    I'll keep an eye on you -- keep it up!

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    thanks fun, ima check that book out now =D


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    pen, friend

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    stencil of some woman from ref, and me

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    Cool stuff, your shading is very good. The stencil is pretty nice as well. Looking forward to more.

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    thanks, working on something now


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    hey james! I like that you've been trying out all the different mediums. Keep doing it. If you suddenly feel like working in a certain than honour that impulse. I like the 30 min portraits but my fav is the color pencil one. You gotta do some structural work with the features of the face if you want to make the 30 min studies worthwhile.

    You're doing fantastic for your age mate, but secretly, you should never been satisfied. It's cool to bask in the awesomeness of a new drawing or painting, but there is always something to change. Have you read through this?

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=26636

    Good luck James!
    P.S. saw ya pic in the look-like thread; nice!

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    Thanks matsign!
    Ive been taking a break for maybe 2 days now, had to concentrate on my english litrature, going to do some face studies tonight tho, thanks alot, i appriciate your advice

    and thanks for the link, i have problems finiding ideas lol


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    hi dude, saw you post on ccears.new blog! Man 16 your doing awsome stuff..wish I had this stuff (concept art) when I was 16!!...youll see better stuff on here than I saw with gcse, A level, Foundation and Fine Art at Univeristy!!! If i could have given my self one bit advice back then...It would be COPY, COPY, COPY.....ironically this was the opposite I was taught all those years, so its taken me ages to shake it. But all the old artist learnt mainly from copying the Masters! Obviously observation is good & not to be ignored all things in moderation...You got a great start!!! keep it up !

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    Thanks man!

    I just got my exam questions today lol, planning some stuff out now, ty for the cc!


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    Just an update to let you guys know what's going on!


    Hi guys and thanks for clicking on my sketchbook thread!

    Well, a little about me and my ways of life. I'm a genuinely nice out-going guy who loves to meet new people and explore new things. I'm very sporty and attend the gym alot, i've just left my secondary school for 12 weeks (summer holidays) after doing my GCSE's, i'll be returning to start my A levels in September and of course will be taking Art!

    What i've been doing since the day I created this thread. Well, when I made this thread I was right in the middle of my Art GCSE final exam and sketching/painting ALOT! Maybe a bit too much although people say you can never do enough! Since I left school i've kind of neglected my art and turned into a bindge drinking slob! Which is going to change. So yeah, i'm here now getting back into sketching/ink portraits for the time been.

    Comments/Criticism are always welcome and I greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to even have a gander through my work.

    As I said i'm a nice guy always looking to learn and meet new people. I'm never shy of a chat and loving making new friends so if you'd like to chat and get to me know me it'd be great.

    My msn's J.franny@hotmail.com for anyone who's interested!

    Thanks!


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    Update

    Hello, just got back to 6th form and our first project is 'Narrative Art', we're almost left to our own devices and expected to come up with work stimulated by the title.

    I looked around a few artists and the history of Narrative Art, I cam across a great artist who I immediatley took a liking to. His name's Norman Rockwell, sadly not with us today.

    His later work was very political and as I'm also interested in politics I decided to go into detail..

    I've attached two pages from my new SB, the second portrait of President Roosevelt is a W.I.P.

    The first page consists of background information on Norman Rockwell's 'The Problem We All Live With' and an encorparated picture I found of google searching 'Civil Struggle', done with 6b and 4b pencils.

    The second is a portrait of President Roosevelt, whose speech 'Four Freedoms' inspired Norman Rockwell to create a study of four paintings based on the four freedoms. It's not finished just I was getting really pissed off with it and the light in my room's so bad.

    Anyway enough talking lol!

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    sorry

    sorry for my recent posts and uploads, I've got in to a real mess..

    hopefully these pics will upload for you guys

    so here's what I've been up to, 2 unfinished portraits, president Roosevelt and president Bush, enjoy

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    Heya, just wanted to give my support.

    Just keep drawing like hell, you are doing great so far.

    Remember that you are very young, and at an age such as yours, I think you could just get comfy and draw anything you feel like drawing. I mean, you seem to like drawing portraits, which teaches alot.

    If you keep drawing those portraits, you will learn alot also, it might be a step at a time, but you WILL learn alot.

    I hope to look at this thread in 2 years or something, and see that you have kept on drawing, and evolved.

    Good luck & Have fun nice start, and that from a 16yo o_o

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    Hey, thanks alot Lakka, your support means alot

    Yeah, I love drawing portraits.. don't know why, I just like the satisfaction after finishing one, comparing it to the reference, sometimes they work out sometimes they don't,

    thanks again, hopefully I will still be drawing in 2 years


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    update

    only worked on this maybe an hour today, got annoyed with the right eye after knowing it was out of proportion but deciding not to change it and continue to render it, which was stupid I know, I need to start learning, also the nose looks a bit too long now I look at it through the scanners eyes, ah well, enjoy.

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    Nice work, man. Those portraits are really impressive. The rendering is great. No crits on those -- my only suggestion is that it'd be nice to see some variety in subject matter. Maybe a few bodies.

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